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Indo-Pacific is the name of a large region consisting of the northern Indian Ocean , the western central Pacific and some tributaries , including its island world. In a restricted sense, the term Indo-Pacific is only used for the seas and countries of Southeast Asia .

The term is mainly used in marine biology and ichthyology , as these seas form a coherent range for many species from Madagascar to Japan and the South Seas . (See, for example, night sharks , sousa dolphins , Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins , dugongs , flag-tail pipefish , coral fish ). The Indo-Pacific is also home to rich mangrove flora .

The term is also useful in linguistics , as the Indo-Pacific region largely coincides with the distribution area of ​​the Austronesian languages . It also includes the distribution areas of the Papua languages and the Andaman languages . The Nicobarese languages ​​also belong geographically to the Indo-Pacific, but are linguistically assigned to the Austro-Asian Mon-Khmer languages .

In the meantime, due to the changed constellation in international politics , the term is also used in strategic studies .

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Individual evidence

  1. definition
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  3. ^ Diamond Rattlesnake Biology Lexicon ( Memento from August 30, 2010 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on January 5, 2012
  4. Dieter Eichler, Robert F. Myers: Korallenfische Indopazifik. Year, Hamburg 1997, ISBN 3-86132-225-0 .
  5. ^ Felix F. Seidler: Maritime Power Shifts in the Indo-Pacific Area: Geopolitical and Strategic Trends. (PDF; 590 kB) Institute for Security Policy CAU Kiel, archived from the original on August 22, 2013 ; accessed on January 31, 2013 .